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Nikon to launch two new Z lenses next week? (And they look pretty good!)

Nikon to launch two new Z lenses next week? (And they look pretty good!)
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Rumors have been swirling that Nikon is gearing up to launch two new Z lenses next week. We always welcome the news of new Z lenses, as filling out the Z lens roadmap (opens in new tab) is Nikon's surest bet of attracting and retaining photographers to the Nikon Z camera system. Luckily, the two new rumored lenses look particularly exciting.

One of the lenses will apparently be the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens. A nice and fast 50mm is always a welcome prospect – although of course this piece of glass isn't likely to be anywhere near as dramatic as the Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens (opens in new tab), which has a super wide aperture and a weighty price tag to match.

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According to rumor website (opens in new tab) Nikon Rumors, the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens will be a "massive, solid lens with a lot of glass elements inside". This will include 17 elements in 15 groups including two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements. Apparently, there will be a lot of talk about the focus breathing of the lens.

This new Z 50mm f/1.2 is reported to have an OLED information panel, similar to the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens (opens in new tab) – it will also apparently be a similar size to this lens as well.

The second lens on the line-up is the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens. Apparently this will be smaller and lighter than the F-mount version and will be "movie-ready". It will have smooth and silent autofocus with "virtually no focus breathing or focus-shift while zooming". It will reportedly have an almost flat front element and will take regular filters (with a screw-on filter size of 112mm). 

With two new lenses looming close on the horizon, we'll be interested to see what else Nikon is working on. One thing's for certain – the Nikon Z lens line-up is turning out to be very exciting indeed.

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.